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Motorcycles and Race Cars

06/18/2013

Motorcycles and Race Cars



Mid-June is motorcycle time in New Hampshire and the Racing History Preservation Group had a strong presence at NHMS. On weekend one, Board Member Bob Coy promoted vintage motorcycle racing and Ray Boissoneau brought the Dumo’s Desire midget to our exhibit. Some of the biker crowd quipped that the car, with its huge engine hanging out the side, looked like a motorcycle with four wheels.
Motorcycles at the Museum

06/13/2013

Motorcycles at the Museum



Yes. Motorcycles. The North East Motor Sports Museum will include motorcycles, drag cars, sports cars as well as cars that raced in the Northeast on traditional ovals. Pictured on three Indian motorcycles built in the 1930s are (left to right) Doc Batsleer who owns all three motorcycles, champion rider now deep in his 80s Ed Fisher and Butch Baer.
Hall of Fame

05/14/2013

Hall of Fame



On Sunday, May 6, Board Member Ricky Craven was inducted into the Maine Sports Hall of Fame. Noteworthy is that this very old Hall has inducted just three race car drivers, Dick McCabe, Ralph Cusack and now Ricky Craven. In his remarks to the huge audience, Ricky talked about his passion for racing and described his rise from an obscure small Maine town to winning in NASCAR’s top division.
Racing History Preservation Group Exhibits

04/30/2013

Racing History Preservation Group Exhibits



On April 29, 2013, the Racing History Preservation Group delivered five vintage race cars to Maine’s Owl’s Head Transportation Museum. Included were a 6-banger driven early in his career by Dick McCabe and restored by Steve Pellerin, Skip Matczak’s Allyn Tool Special, one of Lloyd Hutchins’ fabulous flathead-powered coupes, Dick Berggren’s Doug Gore sprint car and Paul Aldrich’s fabulous salmon-colored early dragster.
RHPG TO EXHIBIT AT OWL’S HEAD

04/02/2013

RHPG TO EXHIBIT AT OWL’S HEAD



Racing History Preservation Group members are proud to have been asked to display a cross section of cars at the Owl’s Head Transportation Museum in Maine. The exhibit will run from April 30 through sometime in the fall.
ECONOMAKI LIBRARY TO BE DEDICATED

04/02/2013

ECONOMAKI LIBRARY TO BE DEDICATED

On Sunday, April 7, RHPG president Dick Berggren will be the keynote speaker at the Eastern Museum of Motor Racing’s spring Open House dedication of its library in memory of Chris Economaki. The museum, located on 100 Baltimore Rd., York Springs, PA, is one of the finest short track properties in the world. It showcases engines, cars, helmets, trophies, theatre and other one-of-a-kind memorabilia in an educational atmosphere.
Barn Find

03/23/2013

Barn Find



When folks find a relatively intact old race car, it’s called a “barn find.” How about this one as a barn find, a vintage and authentic Roman chariot! If you saw the movie Ben Hur, you know that chariot races were among the very first oval track events in human history.
Ted Parker Donaton

03/09/2013

Ted Parker Donaton



The Racing History Preservation Group is grateful to Ted Parker for his donation of photographs, trophies, and the uniform he wore when racing his V-6 supermodified in the 1980s. Also included in the gift was the helmet he wore during those years as well as the 1983 Champions jacket he was awarded.
NEMSM at Racearama

03/09/2013

NEMSM at Racearama



On March 2 and 3, Board members of the Racing History Preservation Group including (left to right) Mark Hann, Al Novotnik, Ray Boissoneau and Pete vonSneidern shared the story of the proposed North East Motor Sports Museum with the big crowds that attended the Frank Marrata owned Racearama show at the Eastern States Exposition Fairgrounds.
Vintage Crowd

02/23/2013

Vintage Crowd



Anyone who wonders about the popularity of the vintage racing movement should have been in Daytona on Saturday, Feb 16. For the first time in decades, the town allowed race cars to run on the old beach-road course.
CARL MERRILL MEMORABILIA

02/12/2013

CARL MERRILL MEMORABILIA


We extend our gratitude to Treva Merrill, widow of Carl Merrill, who has donated her late husband’s auto racing memorabilia to the North East Motor Sports Museum. Included in her gift are her husband’s official’s jackets and NASCAR Official’s cards, Norwood Arena pay-off sheets, photographs, programs, Illustrated Speedway News roto covers and Merrill’s award plaques.
The Owl's Head Transportation Museum

01/24/2013

The Owl's Head Transportation Museum


We have found a few automotive museums you may not be aware of and we’ll use our Facebook page to let you know about them. The photo that runs with this copy is from the Owl’s Head’s Transportation Museum in Maine and it’s a worthwhile place to visit.
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